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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Attitude Check

There surely comes a point in every mother's experience in which she realizes, "I cannot control my child." Whether it is the mortifying tantrum at Wal-Mart, the ill-mannered snickering during church, or rebellion over wardrobe choices, there will be a day in which the truth settles heavily on one's soul: I cannot make this child do the right thing.

Tantrums and manners are one thing; eternal salvation is another. It is a sobering thing to realize that the precious bundle of life that you tenderly suckled, the baby that depended upon you for everything, cannot be saved by you.

It is very easy as a mom to slip into the error of thinking that saving or fixing my child (or spouse, or whoever around me seems to need fixing) depends upon me. This blog post from Desiring God, written by Tim Chester, gave me an attitude check this morning:

People trying to be their own saviour often live morally good lives. They’re good husbands, wives, and parents because they want to rescue their family. Or they’re involved in good causes, e.g. raising money for the poor, campaigning for justice, or addressing environmental issues.

These are commendable things. Replacing Jesus as Saviour often looks like a good life. People in your church are doing this and you think they’re doing great.

But its fruit will eventually become apparent: pride, frustration, stress, anxiety, or manipulation. Consider a parent trying to fix their child thinking it all depends on them. They may be manipulative or domineering as they attempt to control and protect their child. Or they may be bitter about their child’s behaviour or weighed down with stress.

The people who are rejecting Jesus as Lord will usually be easy to spot. But be on the lookout for people who are rejecting Jesus as Saviour.

Read the whole thing.

What to do? Chester writes,
People who are rejecting Jesus as Saviour must do … nothing. Instead, stop. Listen: “It is finished.” There is nothing left to do. You have a heavenly Father who loves and cares for you.

1 comment:

Laura at By the Bushel said...

wow, I needed this. As usual, always happy I stopped by!

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